Here in Texas, we have a lot of clay in our soils which can be a nightmare when it rains.
Seeing pooling water in your yard can make your heart sink, especially when you put so much time, effort, and money into your landscaping just to see it under water. Proper yard drainage is important for any homeowner, especially in Texas. Don’t fret, there are plenty of cheap and creative options to solve your drainage problem
Aerate Your Yard
Before you start throwing money at digging holes and laying pipes, start small. A lot of drainage problems are caused by soil compaction and thatch. This can cause water to pool in certain areas and runoff. It might appear that you have a bigger problem than you actually do. Aerating your yard can loosen up the soil and break-up thatch allowing the grass to breathe and roots to grow.
The oldest form of yard drainage systems is the French drain. If you have a septic field then it probably uses a French drain system. The simple construction consists of perforated PVC pipes set into a ditch that is covered in small rocks so water can enter and exit the pipe. The stones help disperse the water and prevent the pipe from getting clogged with dirt.
Add a Drainpipe
Is water leaking into your basement? It might be from poor drainage around your house. Water from downspouts are meant to direct water away from your foundation but if the soil is heavy in clay then the water won’t drain. There’s a solution for that and it’s easy, it’s simple, and it’s cheap. Just dig a trench from your downspout to some other low place in your yard, lay some PVC pipe, and then connect it to your downspout. Water will now flow away from your foundation.
Another way to make rainwater flow away from your house if you have bad soil is to grade your yard. This is as simple as getting some dirt and putting it around the base of your house to create a slope. The amount of digging and adding-to depends on the type of yard you have. Either way, before you start you should always know where all the buried pipes and wires are located.
Make A Rain Garden
Alternatively, you can have the water work for your benefit. Instead of trying to drain water out of your yard why not take advantage of the poor drainage and get creative by making a rain garden. It can be a fun project for the whole family. Begin by building a trench to the place you want to be your water feature. Decorate the drainage trench and the pond area with boulders, grasses, and shrubs to give it a more natural look. You can even divert your other drainage pipes into it to keep it full. When it rains, water will flow from the trench and other pipes into the rain garden keeping it nice and full.